Alabama Senate passes GOP-backed bill to block federal gun control laws

Alabama Senate passes GOP-backed bill to block federal gun control laws

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that would make it a crime for state and local officials to enforce any new gun control laws or regulations from the Biden administration or Congress. The bill, by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, is one of several bills in the Legislature that are aimed at blocking enforcement of any new federal gun control measures. Similar laws are being proposed in other states. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 21-5. It moves to the House. Allen said the intent is to protect constitutional rights, and his bill is called the Alabama Second Amendment Preservation Act. It would apply to any federal gun laws or regulations imposed after January 1, 2021. Two Democratic senators have spoken against the bill this morning. Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, a lawyer who has taught constitutional law, said the bill would be unconstitutional because of the supremacy clause that says federal law supersedes state law. “We are going to get sued, we are going to lose, and it’s going to cost us a lot of money as a state because we want to make a statement,” Smitherman said. The recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado that left 18 people dead have caused President Biden to issue new calls for gun control, including a ban on assault weapons and stricter background checks on gun sales. Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, said the bill was unnecessary because the Constitution already protects gun rights. Singleton said he would use […]

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